Mentoring Matters for Superintendents: October 2015
Six limit-setting strategies to support your pursuit of a better leadership life fit!
Leading Learning—Having Hard Conversations:
Add this process and these tools to your repertoire to support you in engaging in the hard conversations you need to have.
The slide share complements the following resources and tools created from Jennifer Abrams’ book Having Hard Conversations.
Tech Savvy –Providing a Safe Learning Environment
Van Meter superintendent Deron Durflinger offers 3 key components in for “balancing student empowerment with online safety” in his article published in this month’s School Administrator.
1.Start with a purpose.
Deron encourages school leaders to be clear about why it’s important for students to access web-based resources. The Van Meter vision is “to empower students to be learners who communicate, collaborate, create and innovate, solve problems, adapt, think globally, live ethically and persist.” The role of educators in helping students “navigate the digital world appropriately” aligns directly to the district’s vision.
2.Teach for today.
Our students live in a technology-enhanced world; consequently, we should encourage and support our staff to leverage the technology tools at the fingertips of our students.
Inevitably, students will make poor choices in their use of technology. Such mistakes provide rich learning opportunities. Furthermore, expecting and trusting our students to make good decisions contributes to positive growth and development while enriching school culture and climate.
Deron posits: Would you want to go to school in your district?
Avoiding the Classic Mistakes of a New Superintendent:
Watch this quick PowToons video to see the most common mistakes made by new superintendents and how you can avoid them.
The article from which the PowToons was designed can be accessed here.
These lists are intended as a guide and are likely not all-inclusive! Process in your mentor-mentee team to identify other items that need to be addressed.